KOTI exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts Eemil

Sini Majuri’s exhibition has opened at the Museum of Fine Arts Eemil. The theme of the exhibition ‘Home’ (Finnish Koti) is illustrated via poetic blown glass. Home is something that define ourselves: who we are and who we desireto be. Home can mean Chaos or a Serene safe haven. It can be dangerous. Loving. Home is missed. It’s not for granted to have a home. Especially in the midst of pandemics home has evolved into new dimensions.

The cartoon story is captured inside blown glass in the exhibition. The illustrations have broken textures that mimic the feeling of ancient and also reflect on the fragile nature of a human. Sini Majuri, Chambers. Graal technique. Suomenlinna 2022. See the entire series from the exhibition catalogue.

The exhibition is part of the program of UN’s international year of glass 2022 – which is why Majuri wanted to highlight the diversity, co-operation and vitality of Finnish contemporary glass in the exhibition. The artist is not only shaping the glass material but the whole creative field and its future.

Studio made glass is an expressive medium that can give a shape to a feeling, the visible and invisible levels of existence. The theme Home is mirrored via multi-layered interpretations of classic Graal- glass blowing technique. Glass story follows the logic of a dream and Home is also seen as a metaphor to a persons psyche. An important part of the narrative is how our own position affects the ways we see each other.

“Inside the optical, vivid glass, a face is distorted. It is impossible to see it as real because the glass material is never static – as a human never is. I’m interested in human gender and how it has been illustrated in culture over the Millennia. ” Sini Majuri. Family Portrait – Hollywood. Riihimäki 2022
The exhibition first focuses on the atmosphere of the Majuri’s home region and then walks into the building to see who lives there. There are multiple hidden layers in the story that can only be seen from exact angle. The textures of the illustrations imitate ancient feel and broken surfaces. This is a metaphor to humanity. Home is seen as a part of a persons psyche. Sini Majuri. Graal technique. Suomenlinna 2022
Glass is a language of beauty – because it is an optical, reflective material that can express subtle shades of emotions, which are otherwise difficult to reach. The sculptures focus in a way human are seen and looked at. The cartoon is inspired by the selfie culture that is mixed into an ancient feel. The main idea in the story is human perspective: how we are tied to our own viewpoint when looking at others. Multi-layered sculptures illustrate the depth of a person. The exhibition is open from January 28 till April 17 2022 in the Museum of Fine Arts Eemil, Lapinlahti Finland.

Read more about the exhibition from Iisalmen Sanomat News Paper: Link

Read an aticle from the Contemporary Glass Society: Link

The online exhibition catalogue: Link.

Bukowskis auction

The Helsinki Today auction opens today at Bukowskis Finland! The auction is the only one of its kind in Finland and presents the very best of Nordic contemporary art and design. It’s possible to bid also online until 19 March! I’m so happy to be part of this wonderful contemporary art exhibition with a collection of glass pieces from past years!

Here are some pieces from the auction that are especially dear to me. By clicking the images you can also visit the auction pages.

 

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Aino is made with 100 years old graal technique where the images are drowned inside the glass. This piece has special value for me, because there are for example our families coat of arms hidden in it. There are also many details that can only be seen from right angle. Thick glass gives interesting optical properties to glass. Aino has been exhibited in Toronto, London and Ohio.

 

 

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This light sculpture “Kaamos” is one of my favourite works from past years. It’s inspired by winter and how light is reflected from the snow. The unique piece is a combination of free formed glass and painted wood.

 

 

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When the birds fly low is a mixture of heavy bubbles and hazy painting. I wanted the piece to have a mysterious feeling and a lot of movement. The technique is called pulegoso, bubbly glass.

 

 

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Harpy is one of my favourite themes in glass. It is a creature that is half woman and half bird. Harpy is one of my first graal pieces that are a part of a narrative that continues from one sculpture to another.

 

 

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This vase is a part of the Jungle collection prototypes. I wanted the color to mimic the movement of a vawe.

 

 

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In this piece I wanted to capture the moment when the storm is rising. How the air is heavy and wind starts to get intense.

 

 

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Rain is part of a narrative about a flying boat. It shows a moment when a woman is trying to capture the rain.

 

 

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In this sculpture a woman is sleeping and her breth becomes visible.